Today is Veterans Day. We pause and recognize the debt we owe to those who served our country. This particular year is especially important as we remember 100 years after the ending of the First World War. It was in many ways a pivotal war - one that had a deep impact on the map of the Middle East. So it is especially poignant that this anniversary coincides with a special visit.
Tomorrow, Virginia Theological Seminary has the distinct pleasure of welcoming Archbishop Suheil Dawani to campus. Abp. Dawani will address the community this Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm in the multipurpose room. He will address a topic that remains close to our hearts as Episcopalians: "The Challenges for Christianity in the Holy Land Today. The lecture (7pm) and reception (8:30pm) is free but registration is required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. This marks the celebratory launch of a year-long focus for our Center for Anglican Communion Studies on "The Communion in the Middle East."
After his address, Abp. Dawani will join in conversation with a panel of VTS faculty that will include Dr. Stephen L. Cook, Dr. Hannah Matis, and Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan. Abp. Suheil Dawani has served as the Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East since 2017 having been installed as Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem in 2007. He is a leader committed to strengthening the role of the Church as a community of life giving love amidst conflict and complexity. It is a great gift that VTS can spend time with Abp. Dawani and learn from his testimony to graceful leadership in a richly diverse diocese of the Communion.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President